Surprize Captures The Harwich Packet

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Surprize Captures The Harwich Packet

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Title:  

Surprize Captures The Harwich Packet
Creator:
E. Tufnell

Content Description: 

The lugger Surprize (Captain Gustavus Conyngham) was purchased at Dunkirk, France, and outfitted as a Continental cruiser. Under the guise of a smuggler she sailed on May 1, 1777. Two days later in the English Channel, Conyngham seized Prince of Orange, a packet carryingg mail between Harwich, England, and Holland. Conyngham immediately returned to Dunkirk and dispatched the captured mail to the American Commissioners in Paris. Raids in British home waters by American naval captains brought the war close to the enemy and generated grave alarm among merchants.

Physical Description: 

Watercolor.

Location:
805 Kidder Breese Street SE,District of Columbia,Washington,20374
Identifier:
2011.0672.0006

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